Do you enjoy performing onstage or in front of a camera? Would you rather work backstage designing and building sets and costumes, operating lights and sound, designing and applying special effects make up, or directing a stage production? Whether you are an actor, director, designer or technician, our Theatre Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) program may be for you! With a conservatory approach, our program teaches you the fundamental knowledge and techniques essential in acting and/or theatre production.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
Our students often choose to move directly into the workforce as actors, technicians and designers in both theatre and film. Our faculty offers a broad range of coursework that focuses on skills to greatly increase your opportunities in the industry. Upon completing the Associate in Fine Arts degree, you will be prepared for entry-level employment in performance and/or technical theatre or ready to transfer your credits to a four-year college.
Our Theatre program might be a good fit if you:
To pursue an arts-related profession, you should develop a varied skillset and seek professional training in either performance or technical theatre. Creatively YOURS, we can help you develop these skills.
What is the average salary?
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What is HACC’s program like?
Our program provides you with the fundamental knowledge and techniques necessary in acting and/or theatre production. With an emphasis on resume building skills, you have the opportunity to complete an approved internship at an external theatre or theatre affiliation. Our program allows you to gain practicum experience as you take courses that allow you to focus on areas of:
In the program, you will:
What classes will I take?
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Our program can lead directly to employment or prepare you to transfer credits to continue your education. Our programs are flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Please see the list of schools for transferring options:
|California University of Pennsylvania:||Performing Arts-Theatre PASSHE Statewide Articulation Agreement (pdf)
|Clarion University of PA:||Performing Arts-Theatre PASSHE Statewide Articulation Agreement (pdf)
|West Chester University of PA:||Performing Arts-Theatre PASSHE Statewide Articulation Agreement (pdf)
Where can I complete this program?
The complete program is only available at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! The HACC Foundation offers approximately 200 scholarships. We welcome students to visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn more about the opportunities.
When can I apply?
You may take classes in the spring, summer and fall. Please visit our website to apply anytime.
When submitting your application, please use program code 2500. This will ensure that you are enrolled in the correct program.
How can I learn more?
Creatively YOURS, our department chair Will Guntrum or an admissions counselor are happy to provide you with more information.